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I really don't enjoy races. I am too competitive and it leaves me feeling down on myself because mentally I feel like I should do better than my body will let me. It's the OCD in me. !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/wink.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/wink.gif|border=0!
Anyway, what kind of schedule do you have when you're NOT training for any type of race? How many miles do you do per week?
I'm probably the last person who should respond, since I tend to feel lost when not training for something in particular. But here are my thoughts anyway:
What are your goals? Do you run for fitness, weight loss, just to challenge yourself? I think your mileage should revolve around that.
As for the logistics, they are probably similar. I'd say run maybe 4 or 5 times a week with one day put aside as your "long" run (even if it's 3 miles as opposed to 2). Also consider any other exercise that you do. Some crosstraining and strength training can help prevent injuries, which is always good whether you have a race coming up or not. And if you want to increase your mileage, remember to follow the 10% rule.
And most importantly, have fun!
Mostly for fitness. I try to run at least 20 miles per week and am shooting for closer to 25.
I am such a schedule oriented person that it's hard for me when I'm not following one. I should probably find a training program to follow even if I'm not training for an actual run. lol!
Racing isn't the only "reason" to run. I run because I enjoy the motion of it, the adventure, and just being outside. It's also fun to set arbitrary goals for mini-challenges, such as "run 20 miles on Saturday and 20 miles on Sunday". For you, it might be "run 25 miles this week".
I haven't raced since April. I'm currently running 50-60 mpw. I like to try, at a minimum, to run at least one hour a day and a two hour long run on the weekend. Not able to always get in a run but most days I can.
We're on a road to nowhere. Come on along.
Rachel, I totally get what you mean about not racing because you're too competitive. I don't consider myself competitive per se, but have that same feeling, that even if I were to time myself, I would "lose" the race against myself, because I know I've run faster, at SOME point in my life previously. But I've taken it to a new obsession (hah) that if I even pass a slower runner on the path in the park, I feel bad for them, and transfer that bad feeling to me, because I know how it feels to be passed, eating a much faster and more adept runner's dust. OCD, indeed. !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/eek.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/eek.gif|border=0!
So as a result, I find I have a tough time staying motivated without having a goal (as so many helpful posters here have reminded me that that's what will keep me running happily). I worry that what if I don't make my goal??? I am to be labeled a failure, right? So hard to stay away from that mindset. But I'm trying. !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
Right now I'm earnestly trying to commit to running three times a week, at least 15 miles if I have time for it (twice my long loop and once the shorter one make just under 14.5 miles, and 3x the long make 17, so we'll see). Ugh, just even typing this now I'm feeling the pressure to go for the 17, because if I do less than my "intended" 15, I've already failed again. These numbers are really killing me!
I don't know how you can possibly stay motivated over the long term without some racing. I ran off and on for years before deciding to train for my first marathon 5 years ago, and I haven't stopped running since. Running for general fitness lacks a short term goal and I found it was too easy to slack off for considerable periods. The competition you experience in racing should be competition against yourself, and that is a healthy thing figuratively and literally.
I know what you're getting at. I don't race either because I get so caught up in things and then it's never enough. I used to swim competitively and I am very hard on myself and panic in a race situation !
Even now, if I go swim lengths, which I do every week or so, I MUST do a mile. If I run, I MUST run 5 miles. Stupid, I know.
Anyway, my solution/fitness goal is to just do something just about every day. I don't just run - I do power yoga, step, circuit classes, swim, walk, weight train, take water fitness classes, etc. I could probably be a "better" runner if I just focused on that but I truly like variety.
Consistency is the big thing - defintely keeps me fit.
Originally posted by mrinertia:
I understand this. I have consistently failed at reaching my racing goals over the years to the point where I started to dread races period. I signed up for 2 races this fall that I blew off because I know I am not in good enough shape to run a time I would not feel ashamed of. It is not rational but how I feel is how I feel.
I am trying to run 50 miles per week on schedule that is roughly
0-11-5-11-5-(11/13)-(11 or hike or bike)
But without a race I am finding easier to blow this off too. For example I shortened yestredays 11 miler to 5 becasue it was too windy.
I managed 197 miles for October, well short of a 50mpw clip.
I give myself a by if I hike on the weekend. The hike is usually 8-12 miles with ~3K-4K elevation gain. These often wipe me out more then running for the following days.
I am doing a turkey trot 10K but I have no goals for it, then I will do Martha's Vineyard 20 miler in mid February. That will motivate me to keep my mileage up.
I just started running races in the last month...so for the last 3 years I have been just running for fitness.
I ran between 12 and 18 miles per week and generally ran 3.2 miles each outing. I really never ran longer than that. I ran about 8:00 to 8:15 min./mile pace.
This worked great for me...spent about 25 minutes running about 5 days a week which fit my schedule perfectly and I saw good fitness results, weight stayed steady, and then when I did run my first race last month I finished in the top 10%.
So its all good....
Just keep running, good luck.
Love the coast!!